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Looking for a nonviolent, relaxing, top-down building game with a plot

I liked Sim City, Age of Empires, and Civ, but I don't feel like fighting or freaking out about taxes or earthquakes. Click-management puzzle games and sandboxes are just boring. Glitch was awesome-- nonviolent, open-ended, good graphics-- except it wasn't really a top-down building game and I don't care about involving friends. Katamari Damacy was great, but too fast-paced and again, not a building game. What game am I looking for? Preferably for a PC; can't do zombies or apocalypse as a theme, very light cartoon violence might be OK, don't care what era it's from. Puzzles or video board games might be OK if they have complexity beyond the actual game. I'm aware that this might be too specific; looking for suggestions even if they aren't a perfect fit.
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 16, 2013 - 27 answers

I want to play GTA 5 the instant it comes out. I'm also lazy.

Hope me, mefites with experience pre-ordering video games in Canada! I want to play GTA 5 right away but I don't really have the inclination to go to the store and get one. I ordered it from amazon.ca with priority shipping (1-2 days) but my order confirmation says the delivery estimate is Sept 23/24 - this is not ideal: release date is Sept 17. a) it this in your experience correct? and b) can another online retailer do better? I'm in Vancouver, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by doublesix on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm Not Really This Terrible At Games, Seriously.

What Is My Best Controller Option for a Win8 Laptop? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Aug 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

lets play

I like to watch video game let's plays. I have yet to find a let's player who doesn't make me feel gross with the sexism and racism and all that. Who should I watch for non-yuck commentary? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jul 25, 2013 - 25 answers

Yes, I made up video games as a kid.

80sNintendofilter: Was this really a game and if so, what was it? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Can anyone help me identify a couple of arcade games?

I spent a lot of time in arcades growing up, and I remember the names of most of the games I enjoyed, but there are two the names of which I have forgotten. This was during the late 80s/early 90s; I was living in Italy at the time, and the games must have been imported. I don't recall perfectly, but I'm guessing the graphics were at least as good as the home consoles which were out around that time. No photos: I'll try to describe them. Help a guy out? [more inside]
posted by millions on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me decide what to play next!

For years, I've lived by an absolutely inflexible rule: I will play only one console video game at a time until I beat it. I'm about to finish Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the 360, and my next game will be either Skyrim or Batman: Arkham City. Each is well-reviewed--which one should I play first? Heavy weight is given to freedom/non-linear gameplay and short load times. Again, this is on the 360. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 5, 2013 - 22 answers

Fixing an XBOX I just bought off eBay

So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Library Science Filter: Video game citations?

Librarians and academics: How would you go about citing a specific moment or piece of content from a video game? [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on May 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 18, 2013 - 47 answers

What Should I ask for My 360 Slim?

I'm selling my 250gb 360 slim with 2 controllers, halo 4, darksiders 2, hdmi, component, and turtle beach x12 headset. How much do you think I should ask for it?
posted by mamamia88 on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Unreleased blockbuster video game memory gap

I'm trying to recall a video game from around 10-15 years ago, that I never played, where my only real reference is a letter in a video game magazine. The best I can recall is inside. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it worth it to buy a PS3 in 2013?

After reading this and this, I ended up watching walkthroughs for Bioshock: Infinite. Now I really want to play the game. I have never played an FPS. Is this a stupid idea? Also, should I buy a PS3? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on May 7, 2013 - 36 answers

How many SDKs? Red Bulls or Rockstar?

What do I need to be thinking about while organizing a game jam? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 25, 2013 - 4 answers

What are today's best avant-garde video games?

What are the most innovative, creatively cutting-edge, yet polished, video games on the market at the moment? Especially in terms of their premise or storyline or story world (not so much their technical capability). For example, the conversation-based game about a bickering married couple called Facade.
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 16, 2013 - 27 answers

An early- to mid-90s computer game about mystery-solving kids?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I used to play in the early- to mid-90s. I think it was a series set in suburbia with two kids (possibly brother and sister?) tasked with solving crimes. It had suspects, a map with possible locations, and it was probably vaguely educational. It was not Carmen Sandiego-related. What was the name of the game?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Need an iPhone game that's like Civilization, SimCity, or Age of Empires

Need some iPhone games that are as engrossing as Civilization, SimCity, and Age of Empires. (Yes, I already have Civilization Revolution and SimCity DLX.) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

I want YOU to play KSP!

How do I connect with videogame developers in Dallas, TX? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 27, 2013 - 5 answers

PC gaming veteran, returning to creating Rollercoasters & Civilizations

I used to play a lot of PC games, but in the past 10 years moved towards console gaming. I realise I've missed a whole era of games that only really work with a mouse and keyboard. My absolute favourites were creative, engaging, long play games, such as Rollercoaster Tycoon and Civilization. I never really played to win. I played for creative ends. The best times I had playing Rollercoaster Tycoon was in sandbox mode the only limits being my imagination. Those were the days. What (PC) games offer the equivalent of this now? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Good video games where spectators can participate?

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed playing Walking Dead together. I controlled it, but she made all the dialogue choices and helped solve puzzles. What are some other games like that? She's not really a gamer and doesn't really get FPS controls (yet) so stuff like co-op portal and even minecraft is out. I'm going to try and see how it goes with Braid next, but are there any other games like Walking Dead where people who aren't actively controlling it can help make meaningful decisions or contributions? I was also thinking Heavy Rain, but I don't have a Playstation, only a pc and Xbox.
posted by empath on Mar 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Best (easiest) Mario games?

Young Master Macbeth has become obsessed with Mario Brothers. Problem is, he's 4, and while he's an attentive and fairly well-coordinated 4, he is not the best at actually playing Mario games. [more inside]
posted by MsMacbeth on Mar 2, 2013 - 16 answers

I need a new vidya game.

I need a new vidya game. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Mar 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Gay Celebrity Gamers

Please help me compile a list of openly gay video game players who are celebrities, influencers, or otherwise successful in their own industries. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Feb 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Please help me find a video game for my girlfriend and I

I'm looking for games that I (a lifelong gamer) can play with my long-distance girlfriend (almost zero gaming experience). Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by TypographicalError on Jan 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Remote control PC to play games?

Know any remote control programs for the PC that could work with videogames? [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Nostalgia brain freeze.

I'm trying to find the name of a computer game I played when I was very young. Circa 1986-7 ish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 1, 2013 - 5 answers

What is a good source of Android games and app reviews?

Getting a Nexus 7 tomorrow. I need good review sources for Android app reviews: both games and utilities. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Hula Defender

Help me fix fluorescent light fixture noise in a Williams Defender! [more inside]
posted by plinth on Nov 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Wii for a 3-year-old?

Do 3-year-olds like video games? Tell me about your experiences. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Nov 20, 2012 - 19 answers

Can I get a Wii U?

What's the best way to get a Wii U? I didn't stand in line on launch night and now I want to buy one at a normal price, sooner rather than later. [more inside]
posted by Straw Cab on Nov 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Immersive, story-based games

OMIGOD I just played "Dear Esther" for the first time. This is the absolute sweet spot for me for gaming/interactive fiction. Please help me find more. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 15, 2012 - 25 answers

Twitchless Online Gaming

I like playing L4D with my friends on the other side of the world, but my ping is awful. What are some good, accessible PC games where this won't matter? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Nov 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for animated GIF Pac-Man sprites!

Looking for animated GIFs of sprites from Pac-Man! Hoping for all four ghosts (looking sideways is okay), a blue "oh no" ghost, Pac-Man, and big Pac-Man from the cutscene. Failing that, anyone able to point me toward an easy way to put together animated GIFs in Mac OS?
posted by DoctorFedora on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Big Fish Games ... which ones are worth the time?

Which Big Fish games are worth playing? And within that group, which are fun to play on a laptop with only the touchpad? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Does anyone remember a website called "Ask the Gurus" or something similar? Looking for info or ANYone else who remembers this website. (It was video game characters answering advice column type questions)

I'm trying to track down any information about an old website that's been offline for years. I believe it was called 'Ask the Gurus'. People would write in with their questions, and they'd be answered by video game characters. Karsh from Chrono Cross was probably the most frequently used avatar by the site's author, but many other characters showed up too. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Oct 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Games that I can play over Skype with my blind friend?

I'm looking for video games that I could read aloud and describe as I play so that one of my friends who is blind could participate. We would be doing this over Skype. Ideally, we'd like games with multiple choices and decisions that affect the gameplay or story, less linear games and fairly complicated gameplay. We wouldn't want anything in real time, anything that requires coordination or games where the visuals are essential. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Sep 27, 2012 - 36 answers

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada?

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Sep 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Couple seeking fun, young game for casual relationship. All calls answered!

Can you recommend games similar to Castle Crashers that my boyfriend and I can play together? [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Sep 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Slow-paced, no-death video games?

What video games might I like? Difficulty level: very picky. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Aug 23, 2012 - 56 answers

What makes this game genre so popular?

What makes you gravitate toward time management and city simulation games? Looking for anecdata and citable studies. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada?

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Aug 10, 2012 - 2 answers

games that feel like deus ex

Looking for video games with a certain sense of exploring the physical space in a detailed and realistic way. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 29, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me find an RPG that my partner and I can play co-op by tonight!

Help me find a PC-based RPG that my partner and I can play co-op by tonight! [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Jul 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Anything out there for a RPG fan that needs a fix?

Recommend me my next favorite RPG! [more inside]
posted by C^3 on Jul 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Spoilers wanted for Spec Ops: The Line

Give me spoilers about Spec Ops: The Line! [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

What's the state of the art in fun, inclusive party gaming?

What's the latest and greatest in party-style competitive or cooperative (ideally four player or even more) videogames? Our current selection is a little bit long in the tooth and I'm wondering if there's something I should be purchasing or downloading to freshen things up for this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels on Jun 27, 2012 - 23 answers

What games are good for an 8 and 18 year old?

What PS3 video games will I (19) and my little brother (9) both enjoy together? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Let's not get back problems this young

What non-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 6, 2012 - 21 answers

History of Games 101

History of Games 101. I need to learn more about the history of gaming. Ideally getting a solid overview of the continuum of ancient games such as dice, chess and Go, all the way up through present day video games. Please recommend some books for me. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

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